Periodontitis, or gum disease, is an infection caused by harmful bacteria that accumulate in the mouth. Poor oral hygiene is a large contributing factor to developing gum disease. If food debris and bacteria are not removed from the gums, bacteria builds up and hardens into plaque. This sticky film on bacteria can be difficult to remove if left on the teeth and gums. Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is the early stage of gum disease. In its early stages, periodontitis can be reversed with deep cleaning.
Dr. Chad Morris offers periodontal disease treatment at Morris Family Dentistry in Zachary, LA. He can help patients address their gum health and restore their smiles. Periodontal disease treatment is a restorative dentistry service we offer to our patients.
Symptoms of Gum Inflammation and Gum Disease
Patients with gingivitis may notice these symptoms in conjunction with inflamed gums:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Red gums
As gum inflammation progresses into gum disease, patients may experience:
- Bad breath
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
- Bone loss
Please contact Morris Family Dentistry if you have noticed signs of gingivitis or periodontitis. Dr. Morris will examine your teeth and gums to determine the best treatment method for your specific needs.
Gum Disease Treatment
Scaling and Root Planing
Dr. Morris provides scaling and root planing to help reverse periodontitis. These deep-cleaning treatments are used in tandem to remove harmful bacteria from the gums and even beneath the gums. Scaling uses a metal tool to remove plaque buildup at and beneath the gum line. With this same dental tool, root planing removes plaque from the tooth root and helps the gums reattach to the tooth.
Dr. Morris will recommend gum surgery or grafting if patients already have gum disease. Gum surgery is almost always necessary in advanced cases of periodontal disease. Removing infected tissue and replacing it with healthy tissue can prevent tooth loss and help regenerate the gums. This will help restore health and function to the teeth and gums.
How to Prevent Gum Disease
You can prevent gum disease by practicing good oral hygiene. Being committed to a good oral health care routine is also good for your overall health. We encourage our patients to develop good habits such as brushing your teeth at least twice day. It is also a good habit to floss your teeth at least once a day to remove any food particles that may be stuck. Visiting the dentist every six months for a checkup will ensure that your teeth are clean and healthy. During each appointment, we will thoroughly clean your teeth by removing the built-up plaque and tartar. If this is done on a regular basis, gum disease can easily develop.
Receive Gum Treatment Today
Have you noticed gum sensitivity or irritation? Contact Dr. Morris for gum treatment today by calling 225.725.7565. You may also request a dental consultation with Dr. Morris on our website. Please let Dr. Morris know if you have further questions or concerns at your dental consultation. He will help clarify the diagnostic and treatment process for you.